January 8, 2014
The snowball effect
The Promised Land>Bertha starts with serious SBD mix issues. They seem mainly fixed by the end of Bertha.
Greatest Story Ever Told… drag Donna out in the street and superglue her there. Anyhow, Jerome finds his chops here (he’d kind of found them in Bertha).
Deal has a nice little solo.
Me & Bobby McGee, Keith adopting the organ is kind of cool on this song.
Scarlet Begonias really lights up the set! We move into 5 star territory here, and the organ sound is again on the money. Jerry is where the real action is of course, but Bobby, Phil and Bill are sound as well.
Jack Straw is nice, but loses a bit of steam.
Loose Lucy is groovy, nothing amazing.
Mexicali Blues isn’t quite where I want it, but enjoyable.
Sugaree is definitely one of the better ones of the era, heading into the territory of what it will become post retirement.
The Race Is On
It Must Have Been The Roses is great! Keith maintains the piano sound for this one, which would be the only area I would change.
Playing in the Band is nearly a 30 minute journey, typical for the year. The jam starts off very nice, mellow and melodic within the theme but exploratory. This is a great place to be. After about a 1/3 of the way through (again no timer on archive anymore) the jam picks up energy and weirdness while remaining exploratory. The weirdness and exploration continue with great Jerry mini-fans, noodles, etc… ½ way through, we are getting nearer a space type of jam. Rather than descend into space they resume their more spirited explorations, now with Bobby throwing in some fanning behind Jerry’s strange and pleasing noodles. It starts heading toward a Tiger with great anticipation. They quickly move away from the Tiger idea, we only caught a whiff of it, but the jam before they head back toward the theme features some great Lesh and Jerry… Phil bombs resonating. Great PITB! Not driven, but I love it, A+.
China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider may be the longest one they ever did, though this year had several longer ones with the extended jam during the seamless segue. This is a great one, A+.
Me And My Uncle is full and fun.
Ship Of Fools is where the organ was really needed… Mars Hotel. It has a nice tempo and feel to it. Keith returns to the piano for the finale.
El Paso rides strongly in the saddle, the set is on fire.
Eyes Of The World>Wharf Rat>Sugar Magnolia
A nice trio to close out the set, Eyes starts with it’s typical jazzy intro. The second verse jam has a Phil solo, but honestly I found it somewhat boring. He’s doing great, it’s just Jerry’s rhythm playing behind it was too repetitive. Jer takes over, and then Phil gets another shot, and then Jer. Phil drops a nice bomb or two. The jams suddenly change speed when it’s time to enter Wharf Rat, very different way in, pleasing. The Wharf Rat is powerful in the right moments, and relaxed in the right moments… the angry drunk takes his breaks. Great rendition, A+.
Encore: Johnny B. Goode is solid.
The first set takes a minute to get going, and once it does begin building its momentum, it doesn’t stop doing so until the end of the concert! Classic show.
A-, Initials issues are quickly sorted but we’ve lost things we’ll never get back. The rest of the show is great, everyone balanced, no real hiss.
June 20, 2011
Why can't I listen to this the way they played it?
Why can't Eyes and Wharf Rat (and Sugar Mag) be one track? Even when this site is working 100%, and it quickly, automatically advances to the next track, the transition is still not seamless.
I understand that some (most?) people don't want to DL or listen to the five-minute intervals between songs, but does anybody DL or listen to China Cat without Rider? (At this very second, I've got to switch tabs so I can advance it from Wharf Rat to Sugar Magnolia!)
Charlie Miller, you're the best. I'd like you to take the lead and steer the rest of the community in that direction.